The Commodores continue to throw out new offers as we head into the summer camp season. Just last night, Vanderbilt extended an official offer to Miami Central (FL) corner back Chandler Jones.
The 3-star recruit had heard from Vanderbilt on occasions throughout the past few months but wasn't expecting the offer when he got it. He was more than excited to add the Dores offer and it's an offer that not only excites him but it's a school that fits what he is looking for.
"My coaches got in touch with my at school and told me that Vanderbilt wanted to offer me and I when I heard that, I immediately became excited because that's an offer I have been wanting," said Jones. "Vanderbilt really checks a lot of boxes for me and my family. They are a high academic school. They also play in the SEC which is big time football and they offer a chance at playing early. There are several other reasons about Vanderbilt that I like, so yes I'm very excited about this offer and yes I am interested in them."
Prior to landing the offer from Vanderbilt, Jones previously held offers from the likes of Louisville, Miss State, Rutgers, South Carolina, UCF, Utah and others.
His stock as a recruit continues to grow and the Commodores wanted to jump into the mix before things got too late. Vanderbilt is in search for corners in the 2018 class and Jones see's an opportunity with the Dores to not only play in the SEC but possibly play early in his freshman season.
"The talks I have had with Vanderbilt have been good and they tell me that they like my athleticism and ability to make plays on the ball. They are losing a few corner backs over the next few season's, so they said I would have an opportunity at early playing time, if I decided to go there. Playing early football in the SEC is definitely something that appeals to me a lot," said Jones.
The next step between Jones and the Commodores is to have the 3-star South Florida recruit on campus for a visit and that's something that will happen at some point this summer,
"I definitely plan to visit Vanderbilt this summer, along with several others but right now I haven't set up any dates or made any plans," he said. "I do want to visit and do so soon. I want to get up there to see the campus but also meet all the coaches and get a better feel for the university. I have heard good things but want to get there and see it for myself."
Jones is still sifting through his recruitment and taking everything in stride. More and more schools are getting involved on a weekly basis, so new offers could be coming his way soon.
The process is something he wants to go through, talking with several coaches, taking visits and gathering in all the research he can. Jones is in no rush to put an end to his recruitment and right now, has no plans to commit anytime in the near future.
"My family and I plan going through the process until the very end," said Jones. "I am playing in the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, which could change the landscape of my recruitment. I am not saying anyone could come in and steal me from somebody but I want to make sure I make the absolute best decision for me and if that means waiting, that's what I will do."
While Jones plans to wait a while before he commits, he does claim the Commodores as one of the teams high on his list and part of a group of schools that is currently recruiting him the hardest.
"Vanderbilt is high on my list for the many reason's I mentioned before. They have a lot to like about them and they are one of the schools on me the most. I would also say Louisville, Miss State, Rutgers, South Carolina and Utah are also on me hard as well. I really appreciate all the attention and you can bet I will give everyone an equal shot."